Opinion | Medical Research Gone Bad

To the Editor:

Re “His Promise to Heal Bad Hearts Relied on Mountain of False Data” (front page, Oct. 30), about Dr. Piero Anversa:

We clinicians are shocked and saddened (not for the first time) over the revelation that some of our most reputable medical institutions are so lenient in watching the quality and reliability of their researchers and their publications.

We rely on these institutions to write our textbooks and guide us in how to treat our patients. The institution can retract a publication with false data. How are we to retract our textbooks, and how are we to apologize to our patients who have been treated by false guidance?

Moshe Zamir
Huntley, Ill.
The writer is an internist.

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